OK you Guys, HELP!!!
Not having had much success in my posting under "Electrical" for disolving lacquer on antique brass, I'll try this for all paint experts.
I've tried buffing with 0000 steel wool with a degree of success but it would take many, many hours of hard slog. Paint stripper and acetone don't seem to make an impression. The piece in question is an antique ornate brass and ceramic chandelier. Any ideas from anyone?